Research description

We are interested in the principles of human cognitive and emotional processing mainly in the visual but also in the auditory and somatosensory modalities. In the project ‘Behavioural and electrophysiological research of visual cognition’, methods based on eye-tracking and event-related potentials (ERPs) are applied. The experiments in adult humans are related to visual attention, preattentive change detection and change blindness. Mostly the same experimental stimulus conditions are applied in the project ‘Neuro-cognitive basis of depression and effectiveness of brief psychological interventions’. The project aims to reveal possible neurocognitive endophenotypes of depression, which could also allow the prediction of the course of remission or relapse in depression. In the project ‘Neuro-cognitive changes in aging’, ERPs are used to measure brain-level changes related to normal aging. We also explore whether physical exercise interventions could decrease these changes in the brain. This project is being run in collaboration with the University’s Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.